Written By : Samantha Cee
For our next Inspiring lives we bring you a texas native . One who instantly Captured the hearts of all Fashion Gxd Magazine Staff. With her brand conveying such a cosmic message we knew we had to make her our Inspiring lives Feature . Taylor Bell , the woman behind the amazing brand Imperfectly Perfect. It is a brand that represents a multitude of things all merged in one company. Overall , the main focus of the company is feeling beautiful inside and out. Taylor Bell , a Texas Native is a medical esthetician with a vast zeal for skincare . Being the amazing woman she is Taylor Bell is also very passionate about the youth . She selected The name “Imperfectly Perfect “ that would allow her to expand with a variety of diverse branches , but to also coincide with the plans that she has mapped out for its future. We salute you Queen . Take a look at our exclusive interview with Taylor Bell CEO of “ Imperfectly Perfect “
Instagram :@ impllc && Personal IG: Mz_Tayb
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How did the idea for your business come about?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : The idea for my business came to me literally out of nowhere, but my nieces were the ones that helped me obtain the concept behind the name. I was honestly at a tattoo shop with my cousin and we were trying to figure out what tattoo we wanted to get and I told her that she should get perfectly imperfect which initially stuck with me over the next few years. I grew up in a family of cosmetologist, and since I wasn’t blessed with the ability to do hair; I went on to go to school for skincare. It was in esthetician school when I realized that beauty was in my bloodline, but I also ALWAYS knew that I wanted to help people love themselves inside and out. When it came time for me to brainstorm on what I wanted my business name to be “Imperfectly Perfect” became the obvious choice. However, my nieces were the reason I came up with the concept of the name and wanting to help teens. My nieces are both half white and half black and the older they get the more trouble they have in school with being accepted. My oldest niece is in the 7th grade and endures it the worst because kids can be cruel, and I have to always tell her to be herself and not worry about what others have to say. I had to let her know that she doesn’t have to pick a side in order for her to fit in because her true friends will love her for who she is and see all of her flaws and imperfections as being perfect!
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How do you find people to bring into your organization that truly care about the organization the way you do?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : I am big on trust, and I have never had to find anyone because I am already surrounded by trustworthy people. I have Family(I don’t call them my friends) that have been in my life for 10+ years and have seen me through some of the most extreme times. I know and trust that they have my best interest at heart, and when it comes to my business and the vision that I have for the future of this company; I know that They will hold me down to the fullest. My sister is my biggest supporter because she helps me through it all. She is a graphic designer and when it comes to my company and cards, logos, flyers, designs and all of the above; she gets it done for me so that I don’t have to come out of pocket for marketing expenses.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What three pieces of advice would you give to college students who want to become entrepreneurs?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : Three pieces of advice that I would give to college students who want to become an entrepreneur are: First, focus, focus, FOCUS on what exactly you are trying to achieve, Map it out, plan it out and then do it. Steve Harvey said it best, that you have to keep god first and just jump out on faith and make it happen. Scared money doesn’t make money and once you map it, and plan it, then you need to take the necessary steps to do it. Second, I would advise college students to restrain from having children or practice abstinence. I don’t say this to be funny, I say this because as human beings we are easily consumed in wanting to feel loved and to love back, and when you start having kids or being in serious relationships it breaks your focus from your own personal goals. You then start to put your life on hold because your children come first and your significant other will be of importance to you as well. I had my oldest son at 18 and then my youngest son was born four years later at 22, and it was only within the last year that I made myself have time for my own personal goals. When being an entrepreneur, the less distractions. that you have starting out, the higher your chances are to be overtly successful. Finally, the last piece of advice I would give to a young entrepreneur is to make sure that you have a GREAT mentor. Have someone that you can call upon to ask questions and to guide you down the right paths. A mentor will be able to teach you from their own mistakes so that you won’t make the same mistake they did. It's always good to have at least one person to go to for advice when making business moves or decisions.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :If you had the chance to start your career over again, what would you do differently?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : If I had the chance to start my career over I would be more aware of my surroundings and focus more on my future; rather than focusing on being accepted by people that I felt were my friends. I lost a lot of time and was burned a few times by my “friends”, but I learned a lot through experiences I encountered, and that is one of the sole reasons I remain guarded because you never know what a person's intentions are and everyone isn’t your friend. I’m from Texas..Its always sunny, but the people are so shady.lol
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What would you say are the top three skills needed to be a successful entrepreneur?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: r: In my opinion, the top three skills needed to be an entrepreneur are the willingness to be ready to always grow and learn new things, the ability to withstand constructive criticism, and a very big appetite. To briefly go into detail; I would say that you have to ALWAYS be ready to grow, expand and learn new things in order to perfect your craft and grow with the economic changes. Nothing ever consistently stays the same, so you have to be able to learn new things in order to grow your business. Next, you have to be open minded and be able to take it when someone is giving you some pointers over your work. The best route to go is to have a mentor that shows you the ropes when it comes to a business. Finally, you have to have a appetite and be ready to eat. You can’t complain about your plate being full, when you were the one telling God that you were ready to eat. If you don’t have a passion for what you do and your not ready to eat greedy to get there then you will never reach your full potential. A constant appetite will always lead to growth.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What have been some of your failures, and what have you learned from them?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : I’ve had a few failures over time that have taught me a few lessons. My first failure was not using my time wisely. I had my moments that I missed deadlines because I was not keeping up with meetings and taking the allotted amount of time out to make sure I kept up with my future projects. I’ve gotten way better now, but in the beginning it was extremely hard because I was doing it all myself. Another one of my failures was that I wanted to see everybody shine, so I tried to give all my people a piece of the success pie, when in reality sometimes that can make a person or break a person. Some people are better off as your friends because everyone doesn’t have the same mind frame or work ethics as you do when it comes to running a business or even being apart of it.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How many hours do you work a day on average?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : Honestly, I am always working. If I am not at the shop working on clients then I am preparing reading material for my upcoming blog, or I am talking to my nieces and getting together information to speak about when it comes to being in highschool and knowing your self worth/loving who you are, or working on my social media accounts in order to keep up with posting a certain amount of material per day or mapping out a future clothing line I am planning on doing or I’m just simply at home tending to my family. I never sleep!!!
Fashion Gxd Magazine :Describe/outline your typical day?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : My typical day consists of waking up at 4 (some days) to workout with my trainer at 5am. Coming home to shower and getting myself and the kids ready for daycare and school, then leaving by 8am to drop my youngest son off at daycare, afterwards I tend to the clients I have for the day and any meetings I may have or sitting on social media and marketing my company in my free time. Then I complete everything so that I can pick up my youngest son by 4:30, going home and cooking and cleaning before I pick up my oldest boys from school, getting them home and my fiance and I bathing, feeding and helping the boys with their homework. If I have any evening clients then I leave the kids with my fiance and head back to work, then I come home later that night and work on any paperwork, blogs, clothing designs or projects that need to be completed, then I go to sleep and start all over again.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : How has being an entrepreneur affected your family life?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : Being an entrepreneur has affected my life in a positive and negative way. The positive way is that I am able to make my own schedule. When my kids or my fiancé need me for emergencies or doctors appointments then I am able to rearrange my schedule and be there. My day isn’t fixated on a typical 9-5 with a one hour lunch, I am able to accommodate my schedule for the unexpected moments. Aside from the negativity I’ve received from the bitter people that are opposed to seeing a young, black, female entrepreneur shine; The only negative aspect that I would say is that it is a constant 24/7 job. I am always having to make sure the material that I present is current and up to date, and intriguing to the natural eye. I constantly have to attend trade shows, classes, and refresher courses in order to make sure that I know about the newest trends or the most popular topics in order to provide my clients and kids with the information. When you are your own boss you have to CONSTANTLY find ways to make money and expand your audience because if you only have one source of a income then ideally you are broke.
Fashion Gxd Magazine :What motivates you?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : My family motivates me the most. All I want is to hear from my family that they are proud of me. I’ve made so many mistakes over the years, and I want to be able to make them proud. I want my children to be able to look at me and be inspired to make their own money and be their own boss.
Fashion Gxd Magazine:How do you generate new ideas?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : I generate new ideas by HONESTLY sitting in bed with a few pillows behind my back at 3am in the morning and just writing down whatever comes to mind and brainstorming on what I can do with the topics. When you are a mother; you truly have no privacy or time to yourself until your children are sleep. The only time that I am able to really focus with no distractions is in the middle of the night because my mind and I are wide awake and ready to work.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : What sacrifices have you had to make to be a successful entrepreneur?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : The sacrifices I’ve made to be a successful entrepreneur is that I quit my job, I cut back on spending so much money on personal beauty items and I cut back on the amount of time that I go out with friends for drinks and etc.. I quit my job because I needed to focus on my brand, and working that 40 hours a week job, with my duties at home with my family and then finding the time to start up and keep my business going was just to much. Something had to give so I paid up a lot of my bills and just started my business with my own out of pocket funds. In that process I stop spending so much money at the nail shop, buying bundles, getting wigs made, going shopping and going out for girls nights with my friends. I cut back on a lot in order to be able to save and focus on what was ultimately important to me. My company became the daughter I never had and like any child you have to feed it and nurture it in order to allow it to grow and be healthy.
Fashion Gxd Magazine : Where you see yourself and your business in 10 years? 20 years?
Taylor Bell ( Imperfectly Perfect , LLC: : In 10 years, I see myself traveling and speaking at different middle schools and high schools to students about loving themselves inside out. I also see myself developing a skincare line and expanding my skincare Business to be marketed all over the world. In 20 years, I see myself with a few franchises that are geared towards everything pertaining to skin care and also a mentorship type of establishment to help teens and learn self worth and self empowerment. I want my brand to be about everything beauty but from the inside and out, because for some people beauty is only skin deep!!!